Born in Listowel, Ontario in 1858. Died in Sainte-Pétronille, Quebec in 1938. Horatio Walker RCA began his artistic training with the photographers Notman and Fraser in Toronto between 1873 and 1876. He worked as a photographer in Rochester for a number of years. Towards the mid-1880s, he spent his winters in New York and his summers on Île d’Orléans. His highly idealized depictions of rural life in Quebec, showing hard-working peasants against a brilliant sky, are reminiscent of the French painters of the Barbizon School. Thanks to his style, Walker was able during his lifetime to build himself an enviable name among Canadian painters: his paintings fetched high prices and earned him distinctions. He became a member of the Canadian Art Club in 1908.

Ploughing, the First Gleam of Dawn - 1900, oil on canvas. Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
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